A Michigan man who is on parole after serving time in jail is now a Republican candidate for the State House of Representatives.
Jordan D. Haskins, 24, has served prison time in two states and is not allowed to vote, serve on a jury or own a firearm.
A repeat offender, Haskins was arrested for trespassing, malicious destruction of property and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
He admitted to police that he broke into a yard where county vehicles were kept and pulled spark plug wires on sheriff, mosquito control and other vehicles in order to satisfy an unusual sexual fetish called “cranking.”
"Jordan would remove the spark plug wires and sit in the car and masturbate while the motor was sparking and making noises," a police report states. He would “masturbate while cranking the engine.”
"Those are things that haunt me to this day," Haskins told Saginaw News. "I'm just trying to move on from that and do what I can."
He said he has difficulty explaining why he broke the law again and again.
"I was in a messed-up state of mind mentally and emotionally when I did what I did," he said. "That's the only way I can even explain it."
He placed much of the blame on his upbringing and stupidity.
"I kind of got into a whole phase of my life where I was young and stupid, you know," Haskins said. "I really had no friends at the time. I didn't really know what I wanted to do. I was one of those young people who grew up without a father in the house, grew up with his grandmother and his mom. I just didn't really know what I wanted to do, what my purpose was, where I wanted to go."
He said prison was the wake-up call he needed to get on track.
“I'm not sure what really changed or what happened,” he said. “I don't know what it is about when you get into your 20s. Your chemistry changes. You get wiser and smarter a little bit. That's what happened to me."
He said he’s running for office out of a sense of duty to his hometown of Saginaw.
"I feel that, yes, I've made mistakes in my past," he said. "But I'm working to correct those things and to try at least to put in my small part and help others in my community and try to make things right. I hope the citizens of the city and the 95th District will give me that chance."